Sacramento County Officials Investigating Fatal Shooting of Christopher Gilmore At Home By Campanile Street

pexels-kindel-media-7714667 (1)RIO LINDA, CALIFORNIA (March 26, 2024) – A 38-year-old man identified as Christopher Gilmore has tragically died in a Rio Linda police shooting at home on Campanile Street.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said that it received a call about a subject who may be suicidal. The subject of the call was later identified as Christopher Gilmore.

His sister told police officials that her brother has schizophrenia. When deputies arrived at the scene, they said that they found the man holding a knife in the garage.

Officers began negotiating with him before they opened fire with rubber bullets. Authorities claim that Christopher Gilmore continued advancing towards them before they opened fire with their service pistols.

Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim. But he was pronounced dead at the scene. He is survived by his four children.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

 

Liability For Rio Linda Police Shootings

A large number of people who were injured or killed in police shootings were suffering from an untreated mental illness. According to the Treatment Advocacy Center, “By the most conservative estimates, at least 1 in 4 fatal law enforcement encounters involves an individual with serious mental illness.” In fact, those suffering from an untreated mental illness were nearly 16 times more likely to be involved in a fatal police shooting than the general public. This is why it is so crucial that police officers follow safety protocols when they are dealing with suspects in the midst of a mental health crisis. In these situations, the police should:

  • Request backup
  • Calm the situation
  • Avoid physical contact
  • Determine if the suspect is taking medication
  • Acknowledge the suspect’s feelings
  • Not make any threats

If a police officer uses excessive force and harms a suspect, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. Pursuant to 42 U.S. Code § 1983, every person who, under the color of any statute, law or ordinance, causes a citizen of the United States to be deprived of their rights secured by the constitution, shall be liable to the injured party in an action at law. Whether or not the actions of  police officers are considered “excessive” will depend in large part on their decisions and actions leading up to a fatal encounter. When police officials are dealing with a suspect that they believe may be mentally ill, they must take certain actions to protect that person.

Consider, for example, the police shooting that killed Miles Hall in Walnut Creek. Miles Hall, 23, was suffering from schizoaffective disorder when his family called the police for assistance. Police were called to the home after getting reports that Miles Hall was acting erratically and holding a metal pole. At one point during the encounter, officers shot Miles several times as he tried to run past them. The plaintiff’s attorney alleged that the officer failed to de-escalate the encounter or respond appropriately to the situation. Walnut Creek eventually reached a settlement with his family. It is important that certain steps be taken after any police shooting.

  • Body camera footage from all officers involved should be sought.
  • Medical records related to the police shooting should be preserved.
  • Eyewitnesses should be interviewed.
  • The actions of police officers leading up to the shooting should be understood.

A large portion of police shootings are completely preventable. They often involve situations where officers are unable or unwilling to de-escalate the encounter. In many of these shootings, police officers will know in advance that someone is suffering from a mental illness and still fail to act appropriately. It is important that the family members of those killed in police shootings understand that they do have rights. They are able to hold the police department involved accountable through a constitutional claim.

 

Investigating Rio Linda Police Shootings

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Christopher Gilmore. This man and father of four desperately needed help. But instead, he was met with lethal force at the hands of Sacramento County Sheriff deputies. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent other tragedies like this.

Do you need more information about a Rio Linda police shooting? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that victims of police brutality are aware of their rights and that police departments are held accountable for their illegal actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.

 

 

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